Legislature approves funding for East County fiber project

Governor Jay Inslee signed the 2017-19 Capital Budget sending nearly a half-million dollars in economic development funding to the Grays Harbor PUD and East Grays Harbor County. The budget, approved by the Legislature  and signed by the governor, includes $463-thousand for the East Grays Harbor County Fiber Project, which will improve fiber optic cable connections to the Elma and Satsop School Districts, the Schouweiller industrial park, local communities and businesses.

“School, residential and business interests in Satsop and Elma will see additional options for improved internet and communication services because of this project,” said PUD Core Services Director Rob Hanny. “Thanks to the leadership of our legislative partners, this will mean improved service and greater flexibility within the PUD capital budget and the opportunity to complete other projects.”

The Capital Budget request was sponsored by Rep. Mike Chapman and supported by his fellow 24th district legislators, Rep. Steve Tharinger and Sen. Kevin Van De Wege.  “Broadband internet is vital for our local businesses and communities here in timber and farm country,” Chapman said. “I’m pleased and proud that lawmakers could partner with the Grays Harbor Public Utility District to make this happen, and I look forward to pushing hard for new ideas and partnerships to make sure all of rural Washington has a fast, affordable link to the internet.”

Grays Harbor PUD is designing the fiber optic expansion project to head west from the Elma service shop located  at Young and 2nd Street, through town and down the Monte Elma Rd. to the Satsop School. If you are interested in having your businesses or community considered to be included in this project, we want to hear from you.  Please complete the pdf East County Fiber Expansion Project Survey (47 KB)  and email it to, or call 360-537-3700.